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PleaseGrow
Jan 25, 2018 10:19 PM CST
I have two kalanchloe leaves in there and one from an unknown succulent. Wondering if I'm doing this right. I took full, unscathed, healthy leaves directly from the plant (they didn't fall off naturally). They're in succulent soil that I bought from the store. I sprayed water on the soil and placed them inside, pressing them down a little to get the whole leaf to make contact with the soil. Is this the right technique? Any improvement suggestions? How long until they sprout? They've been there a week and a day. Nothing yet. Mother plants were healthy (and flowering). How much light to they need? They're indoors.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 25, 2018 10:45 PM CST
I have never tried growing a Kalanchoe from a leaf before - they are usually grown from stem cuttings or those really annoying plantlets that fall off the edges for some Kalanchoe leaves.

Its worth a try. Did you let the leaf callus over for a couple days before planting? I still think you should be waiting until spring for all these leaf propagation projects.

Some succulent leaves might root better is you took a little "heel" with it. That is when you use a very sharp, small knife (like an exacto knife) to cut the leaf off the stem but take a little bit of stem with it.
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PleaseGrow
Jan 25, 2018 11:08 PM CST
I did let them callous over. I think I got the heel but I didn't use a knife, I just pushed down where it was attached until it popped off. I do feel like they'd be more likely to grow in the spring but I get excited. Got my first succulent a few months ago. Now I'm super hyped about propagation (because I didn't know plants could do that and it's super cool).
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Frenchy21
Jan 25, 2018 11:31 PM CST
I've grown kalanchoe blossfeldiana from leaves. They do take a while. I just stick them right into the mother pot straight up and forget about them.
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I have faster results from stem cuttings but they both work. Smiling
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PleaseGrow
Jan 28, 2018 10:50 PM CST
I planted three in soil and one in water. Nothing from the soil ones but the water one has roots! Hurray!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 28, 2018 11:09 PM CST
Do you know what's really great about "newbies"? They don't know it can't be done. Way to go PG!

Just remember that roots grown in water are VERY fragile and break easily. When the roots are about 1/2 an inch long, you will have to figure out how to plant your leaf without breaking up those tender roots.

I think I won't offer any advice as you seem to be doing fine operating without paradigms. I don't want to hamper your creativity. Smiling
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PleaseGrow
Feb 28, 2018 4:49 PM CST
The pictures aren't the best (especially the container ones since the container isn't perfectly transparent) but here's how much the roots have grown in just water so far. Big Grin
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